Sculptor, designer, teacher, and arts administrator, Suzanne Cohan-Lange has dedicated the last three decades to the design and creation of integrated arts projects, children's museums, and educational programs. Recently retiring, as Professor Emeritus, after 25 years of developing programs, chairing, and teaching in the Interdisciplinary Arts Department at Columbia College, Chicago, she is now able to concentrate on the creation of her own sculptures and other design projects. What follows is a brief synopsis of those years.




Founder & Chairperson
- Interdisciplinary Arts Department, Graduate School, Columbia College, Chicago, IL
Responsible for students and faculty in three degree programs, all three of which were designed by Suzanne
M.A. in Interdisciplinary Arts (36-credit-hour program)M.F.A. in Interdisciplinary Book and Paper Arts (60 credits)M.F.A. in Interdisciplinary Arts and Media (60 credits)

Co-Founder and Designer of Express-Ways Childrenís Museum, (now Chicago Childrenís Museum), Chicago, IL

1977-78, 74-75
Chairperson of Art Education, University of Illinois, Chicago, IL

1976-77 Co-Founder and Director of Masterís Program in Interdisciplinary Arts for the Chicago Consortium of Colleges and Universities

State Supervisor of Art for Illinois, Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, Springfield, IL

1970-72 Director of Illinois Art Mobile (Art Resources Traveler), State of Illinois, Designer, Curator, Teacher aboard traveling art gallery



Graduate School Faculty, Professor, Interdisciplinary Arts Department, Columbia College, Chicago, IL
Courses included: Thesis Seminar, Visual Images, Visual Environments, Aesthetics, Art Education

  Sculpture and Art Education, Assistant Professor of Art, University of Illinois, Chicago, IL

Summers, 79, 80
Sculpture - Visiting Lecturer, School of the Art Institute, Chicago, IL

1977-80 Visual Arts Instructor, Master's Program, Interdisciplinary Arts, Chicago
Consortium of Colleges and Universities

Summer 1974 Art Education - Visiting Lecturer, DePaul University, Chicago, IL


Winter 2012

“Under One Roof”- South Shore Convention Center, Hammond, IN. with Richard Lange , an Invitational of 12 pairs of artists.

Fall 2011 "Sculpture Today: New Forces, New Forms”, Meijer Sculpture Gardens Invitational- Grand Rapids, MI.- the entire Little Black Dress installation was part of a national invitational of 25 sculptors. This was also part of the annual Artprize.

Fall 2011 “Form in Flora” – C.S.I.  Lincoln Park Conservatory, Chicago, IL.

Fall 2011 “Natural Cycles: Sustainability in the Book and Paper Arts”, Ryerson Woods, IL.

Spring 2011 “6 to the 3rd.” -C.S.I. Exhibition of small works- Art Chicago, Navy Pier

Winter 2010 "Chicago Sculpture International", Elmhurst Art Museum, Elmhurst, IL

Fall 2010 "House Dreaming", Ragdale Foundation, Lake Forest, IL

Fall 2010 "Day of the Dead", Indiana University Northwest, Gary, IN

Summer 2010 "Sculpture Invasion", selections from Little Black Dress installation, Koehnline Museum, Oakton Community College, IL

Summer 2010 "Art Chicago", C.S.I. selections from Little Black Dress installation, Merchandise Mart, Chicago, IL

Winter 2009 2010 Rockford Midwestern Exhibition, juried by Tory Folliard, Rockford Art Museum, Rockford, IL

Fall 2009 Collaborations: with Linda Sorkin Eisenberg, ARC Gallery, Chicago, IL

Fall 2009 Mid South Atlantic/Chicago Sculpture International joint exhibition,  Chattanooga, TN

Fall 2008

"Little Black Dress" - multimedia sculpture installation, Indiana University Northwest, Gary, IN
Summer 2008
Chicago Sculpture International Biennale, Flatfile Gallery, Chicago, IL

Nov. 2007
"Natural Inclinations" Invitational, Prairie State College Gallery

Oct. 2007
"A Look At Chaos Shows This To Be True" - Video /sculpture installation
Robert Morris College Gallery, Chicago, IL

July 2007
C.S.I. (Chicago Sculpture Int'l) Exhibition- Oakton Community College

March 2007
10th. International Open - Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL

Sept 2006
Krasl Sculpture Invitational, Krasl Art Center, St. Joseph, MI

July 2006
"Download This" - a large scale outdoor sculpture installation with
Richard Lange and Lynn Waters as part of the 1+1=1 Exhibition, La Porte, IN

Mar 2006

"Ten Chicago Women Artists," A.R.C. Gallery, Chicago, IL
Oct 2005
"Looking Back, Leaping Forward: Connecting the Ages," Sculpture invitational
curated by Terry Karpowitz & Mary O'Shaughnessey
at the Suburban Fine Arts Center, Highland Park, IL

Sep 2005

"Ten Chicago Women Artists," Hull House Gallery, Chicago, IL

Summer 05
"Dune Archetypes," One-woman sculpture exhibition, C33 Gallery, Chicago, IL

Mar 2004
"76 Cents," Women in the Arts and Media, C33 Gallery, Chicago, IL

Jan 2004
"Ten Chicago Women Artists," Ferguson Art Gallery, Concordia University, River Forest, IL

Apr 2003
"The Invented Figure," Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL

Nov 2002
"The Art of Creative Couples," The Box Factory, St. Joseph, MI

Oct 2002
"Ten Chicago Women Artists," Around the Coyote Gallery, Chicago, IL

Oct 2002
"To Kiss the Spirits," Exhibition of work designed to pay tribute to Hollis Sigler, Artemesia Gallery, Chicago, IL

Aug 2002
"Columbia on the Beach," The Blank Center for the Arts, Michigan City, IN

Aug 2001
"1+1=1," Large-scale outdoor installation with Richard Lange, LaPorte, IN

Sep 2000
"Couples of Artists," The Blank Center for the Arts, Michigan City, IN


2002-03 Tilles Art Center - Principal designer of 6,000 sq. ft., multi-arts facility for Pathways, a state agency that provides housing and services for Chicago-area foster children, Chicago, IL

Consultant on further exhibit design additions to Arti-Fact Center, Spertus Institute of Judaica, Chicago, IL

Chief Designer of new childrenís facility, "Swedes Explore: Vikings to Volvos,"
The Swedish American Museum, Chicago, IL

Design Consultant - Milwaukee Children's Museum, Milwaukee, WI

Design Consultant - Mitchell Indian Museum, Evanston, IL

Principal Designer of 5,000 sq. ft. Children's Arti-Fact Center, Spertus Institute of Judaica, Chicago, IL

Design Consultant - Kohl Childrenís Museum, Wilmette, IL

Design Consultant - Cleveland Children's Museum, Cleveland, OH

Designer - "City Hospital" exhibit, Express-Ways Children's Museum,
(now Chicago Children's Museum) Chicago, IL

Co-Designer - "Amazing Chicago" exhibit, Express-Ways Children's Museum,
(now Chicago Children's Museum) Chicago, IL

Co-Designer - "Getting to Know Hue" exhibit, Express-Ways Children's Museum,
(now Chicago Children's Museum) Chicago, IL

2005-present Shows curated as Chair, Curatorial Committee - The Lubeznik Center, Michigan City, IN:

Spring 2012 – “Beaten & Bound”, an exhibition of  National Book & Paper artists, Co- curated  with Melissa Jay Craig.
Spring 2011- “Woman as Artist: Woman as Muse” Posters of the Belle Epoque, an exhibition of the Diamond Collection.
Summer 2011 – “Text Messages” , Seven American artists whose work is based on text.
Fall 2010 - "American Images" - Selections from the McDonald's Corporation Private  collection
Summer 2010 - Painting and Sculpture by Philip Shore & Sherry Giryotas
Summer 2009 - "Public and Private"- sculpture by Terry Karpowicz & Neil Goodman
Fall 2008 - "Under the Influence: Emerging Artists and their Mentors", Artists from 5 area universities.
Summer 2008 - Elliott Balter Retrospective. Sculpture and Drawings.
Fall 2007 - Richard Hunt Retrospective - including major sculptures, maquettes, photo murals and drawings of work from the past 30 years.
Summer 2007- "Size Matters: Scale in Contemporary Art"
Winter 2006-07 - "Women's Journeys in Fiber", 24 Chicago area fiber artists
Winter 2006 - "Art that Matters: When Politics Get Personal"
Spring 2006 - "The Spirit of Animals"
Winter 2005 - "Elvis? The Photographs of Patty Carroll"

Curatorial Committee - The Columbia College Center for the Book and Paper Arts, Chicago, IL.
Approximately six exhibitions per year including:

The Pedagogy Show which was a national members exhibition co-curated ( with Audrey Niffenegger)
for the College Art Association in Chicago.

Co-Curator (with Inigo Manglano-Ovalle) "Mapping Co-ordinates"
11th Street Gallery, Columbia College, Chicago, IL

Curator - "The Nourishment Show" (painting, poetry & performance), Beacon Street Gallery, Chicago, IL


For over thirty years, Ms. Cohan-Lange has provided a wide range of interdisciplinary arts and educational consultation for many agencies,
towns, schools, colleges, universities and other institutions.

Winter 2008 Consultant to Urban Gateways - review of history, mission and future directions.

Fall 2007
"Playing Well With Others" - Lecture on Artistic Collaborations
as part of Chicago Artist Month - sponsored by Woman Made & ARC Galleries

Summer 2007
Keynote Speaker-
"Pedagogy in the Arts and Humanities", Graduate symposium at Bowling Green University, Bowling Green Ohio

Consultant and Juror- Department of Cultural Affairs, Public Art Program,
CTA Arts in Transit Program - Art for the Brown Line

Currently providing consultation to two Chicago suburban groups ( Elgin and Naperville )
both in the process of planning and designing major multi-arts community centers.
Suzanne is also the Vice President of the Board Of Directors of the
Lubeznik Center for the Arts in Michigan City, IN and Chair of their Curatorial Committee.


  Bowling Green University, Bowling Green, Ohio
School of the Art Institute of ChicagoArizona State University-Phoenix
New College of California
Duke University Institute of the Arts, North Carolina
University of Pennsylvania, Kutztown, Pa.

Agencies, Institutions & Organizations:

  The Chicago Transit Authority ( C.T.A.)
The Lubeznik Center for the Arts- Michigan City, IN.
Chicago Sculpture International (C.S.I.) Chicago
Urban Gateways- The Center for Arts and Education-Chicago
The Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago
The Illinois Arts Council
The Junior League of Chicago
The 4H Youth Programs of Michigan
WIND Radio -Chicago
WTTW Television- Chicago
Women in The Performing Arts

School Districts:

  The Chicago Board of Education ( Multi-Arts Workshops for Chicago teachers)
Annenberg Implementation Grant
(with 4 Chicago Public elementary & middle schools to facilitate integration of technology and arts in the classroom).
Frances Parker School, Chicago
The Milwaukee Public Schools
East & West Leyden School Districts-Il.
Oak Park/River Forest School District
Cicero School District, Il.
Evanston School District, Il.
Elgin Public Schools, Il.
Independent Schools Association of the Central States